• Rio 2016 Olympics - Lee Chong Wei avoids Chen Long until final

    Kuala Lumpur: After claiming the sixth Indonesia Open title of his career by downing Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 at the Indonesia Open 3 weeks ago, badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei cemented his status as the world’s top ranked men’s badminton player on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei beats Chen Long to win the 2015 China Open title.

    Lee Chong Wei beats Chen Long to win the 2015 China Open title.

  • Lee Chong Wei withdraws from Taiwan Open to prepare for Rio

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has decided to withdraw from the Taiwan Open on Tuesday. The Taiwan Open which will be held from June 28 to July 3 will be Lee's last tournament before the Rio Olympics.Wish Lee Chong Wei to regain full-fitness for the Rio Olympics. (photo: GettyImages)

    Wish Lee Chong Wei to regain full-fitness for the Rio Olympics. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Ko Sung-hyun/Kim Ha-na are eyeing Olympic gold

    Seoul: At the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, the world No. 1-ranked men's badminton tandem of Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong are considered the biggest medal hope for South Korea. But they are not the only pair that the country is counting on for a medal.

    Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ha-na are ranked No. 2 in the mixed doubles. They have been gearing up for the Rio Games well, winning five tournaments last year and also triumphing at the German Open in March and the Singapore Open in April. The two finished runners-up at the Indonesia Open last week, but in the semifinals they beat the top-ranked Chinese pair of Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ha-na need to beat mixed doubles pairs from China and Indonesia in order to win Olympic gold.

    Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ha-na need to beat mixed doubles pairs from China and Indonesia in order to win Olympic gold.

  • Carsten Mogensen & Mathias Boe are going to Olympics!

    Copenhagen: After suffering a ruptured aortic aneurysms in his brain, and went through a brain surgery during the European Team Championship in Russia in February, no one ever thought Carsten Mogensen would able to come back and compete at the highest level of badminton.Congratulations to Carsten Mogensen & Mathias Boefor being selected to play at the Rio Olympics. (photo: GettyImages)

    Congratulations to Carsten Mogensen & Mathias Boefor being selected to play at the Rio Olympics. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei: Lin Dan remains the biggest threat in Rio Olympics

    Kuala Lumpur: Despite being knocked out by Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in the second round of Indonesia Open two weeks ago, Lin Dan remains the biggest enemy for World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in Rio.Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and Chen Long (from left) are top 3 contenders for men's singles gold medal at the 2016 Olympic.

    Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and Chen Long (from left) are top 3 contenders for men's singles gold medal at the 2016 Olympic.

  • PBSI to improve players' fitness ahead of Rio Olympics

    Jakarta: The Badminton Association of Indonesia or PBSI has set up training programs targeting players whose fitness performances fall below expectations ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.Rexy Mainaky remains confident for Indonesian shuttlers in Rio. (photo: AFP)

    Rexy Mainaky remains confident for Indonesian shuttlers in Rio. (photo: AFP)

  • The inspirational story of Ratchanok Intanon

    Sydney: As the humble daughter of factory workers at a Bangkok sweet-maker, badminton was a ticket out of poverty for Ratchanok Intanon, who hopes winning gold at the Rio Olympics might inspire more Thai girls to chase their dreams.

    The 21-year-old will be among Thailand's main medal hopes in Brazil and one of the chief threats to China's chances of defending their astonishing sweep of all five badminton titles at the London Games.Ratchanok Intanon is an inspirational figure to many Thailand badminton players. (photo: GettyImages)

    Ratchanok Intanon is an inspirational figure to many Thailand badminton players. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei: This might be my last Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Malaysia's badminton maestro and the World No. 2 men's singles player Lee Chong Wei told reporter at a press conference in Jakarta that the 2016 BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier could be his last Indonesia Open competition before making a decision to retire from the sport.Lee Chong Wei attends the BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier press conference in Jakarta. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei attends the BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier press conference in Jakarta. (photo: AFP)

  • Carsten Mogensen: I am ready for Rio Olympics

    Copenhagen: Denmark's men's doubles badminton ace Carsten Mogensen who collapsed and had to undergo a brain surgery in Kazan, Russia during the European Team Championships in February to treat a ruptured aneurysm in his brain, has made strong recovery and ready to play again.

    It was found out that Mogensen's live threatening injury was caused by a brain haemorrhage that may have exist in his cerebral aneurysms since his early childhood.Fans can't wait to see Carsten Mogensen play badminton again! (photo: AFP)

    Fans can't wait to see Carsten Mogensen play badminton again! (photo: AFP)

  • Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian & Wang Yihan's Olympic bid up in air

    By: Chan Kin-wa

    Beijing: With at least five players who have made top 16, the China badminton team officials will finalise their two choices for the women’s singles on July 18

    Top women’s badminton players from China, including defending singles champion Li Xuerui, will be forced to wait until the last moment before finding out whether they will go to the Rio Olympic Games.Wang Shixian, Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan (from left) are trying to squeeze into the 2 spots allocated for China in Olympics.

    Wang Shixian, Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan (from left) are trying to squeeze into the 2 spots allocated for China in Olympics.

  • Laura Sarosi earns trip to Rio Olympics for sportsmanship

    Hungary: Sure, winning is great, but good sportsmanship is more than that!Laura Sarosi (in red) showed why badminton is one of the greatest sports on earth.

    Laura Sarosi (in red) showed why badminton is one of the greatest sports on earth.

  • Viktor Axelsen takes aim at Olympics after Thomas Cup victory

    Kunshan: Denmark shuttlers will be looking forward to stamp down their authority in the Badminton events at the 2016 Summer Olympics after their historic Thomas Cup victory on Sunday.Viktor Axelsen of Denmark kisses the trophy during the Thomas Cup awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

    Viktor Axelsen of Denmark kisses the trophy during the Thomas Cup awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

  • Tommy Sugiarto heads 2016 Indonesia Olympic team

    Jakarta: World No. 8 Indonesian shuttler Tommy Sugiarto will get to play at the highest level of international badminton championships this August when he was listed as one of the 10 Indonesian badminton players who will take part in the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.Tommy Sugiarto needs to work on his stamina, strength, speed and agility in order to have better result in Rio.

    Tommy Sugiarto needs to work on his stamina, strength, speed and agility in order to have better result in Rio.

  • Japan to send nine badminton players to Rio Olympics

    Tokyo: After Japanese World No. 1 women's doubles pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo defeated Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 21-13, 21-15 in an all-Japan women’s badminton doubles final at the Asian Championships, Takahashi/Matsutomo have been named among the nine Japanese shuttlers who clinched their spots in all five disciplines at the Rio Olympics.A lot of respect to Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao's "Samurai spirit" when both pairs put up real fight in the BAC final, contrary to "Li Yongbo" style that brought shame to badminton with walkovers and match throwings.

    A lot of respect to Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao's "Samurai spirit" when both pairs put up real fight in the BAC final, contrary to "Li Yongbo" style that brought shame to badminton with walkovers and match throwings.

  • Zhao Yunlei prepares for life after badminton

    Beijing: "Having a clear goal of what we want to achieve in our life is key to achieving what we want and enjoying success."

    China's World No. 1 mixed doubles player Zhao Yunlei wrote a Weibo (a Chinese social media platform equivalent of Facebook) post on May 4th to share her vision for the future, hinted that retirement could be her next move after Rio Olympics.Zhao Yunlei deserves more media attention for her outstanding achievements.

    Zhao Yunlei deserves more media attention for her outstanding achievements.

  • Lee Chong Wei to spearhead Malaysia's badminton team at 2016 Olympics

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei became the first Malaysian men's singles shuttler to make an unprecedented fourth trip to the Olympics in August, when Badminton World Federation (BWF) released its final list of qualifiers on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei uses a selfie stick to take photos. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei uses a selfie stick to take photos. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Ratchanok Intanon eyeing top-3 finish at Rio Olympics

    Bangkok: The Summer Olympic Games will take place in South America for the first time this year, as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will host the 31st edition of the quadrennial competition.Ratchanok Intanon vows to bring an Olympic medal back to Thailand. (photo: GettyImages)

    Ratchanok Intanon vows to bring an Olympic medal back to Thailand. (photo: GettyImages)

  • India send Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth & four others to Olympics

    New Delhi: Although the 2016 Rio Olympics qualification is based on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that will be released on May 5, seven Indian shuttlers have confirmed to qualify for the Olympics after the recently concluded Badminton Asia Championship (BAC).Wish Saina Nehwal every success in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

    Wish Saina Nehwal every success in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

  • China fill maximum slots for the 2016 Olympic

    Wuhan: After winning two out of five gold medals offered at the Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) on Sunday, China has enough or in some categories, more than enough shuttlers to secure the maximum Olympic quota slots allocated for each country.Despite the match throwing scandal, we should give the Chinese shuttlers the respect they are due by winning golds in all five categories in London.

    Despite the match throwing scandal, we should give the Chinese shuttlers the respect they are due by winning golds in all five categories in London.

  • Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago officially removed from BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: Although Japanese young badminton star Kento Momota who has been denied a spot on Japan’s team for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics after receiving an indefinite suspension from the Nippon Badminton Association on April 10, 2016 for his visit to an illegal casino, but he hadn’t officially been removed from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Ranking, until this Thursday.The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

    The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

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